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Edmund Rice Stained glass window, Contarf, Western Australia,
Artist: Brother K.P. Kent, cfc
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This prayer flows from the idea that, for Edmund Rice, coming from a whole Celtic tradition, there was no separation of the secular and the sacred. He was looking to inculcate a spiritual perspective in everything he did.
It might be suitable for the beginning of the school year.
A SERVICE OF WELCOME
Leader: God of heaven, you have made your home on earth,
ALL: CHRIST DWELLS AMONG US AND IS ONE WITH US.
Leader: Highest in all creation, he lives among the least,
ALL: HE JOURNEYS WITH THE REJECTED AND WELCOMES THE WEARY.
Leader: Come now all who thirst
ALL: AND DRINK THE WATER OF LIFE.
Leader: Come now all who hunger
ALL: AND BE FILLED WITH GOOD THINGS
Leader: Come now all who seek.
ALL AND BE WARMED BY THE FIRE OF LOVE.
Rune of Hospitality
Leader: Let us stand and say together the words of an old Celtic rune of hospitality:
ALL: WE SAW A STRANGER YESTERDAY,
WE PUT FOOD IN THE EATING PLACE,
DRINK IN THE DRINKING PLACE,
MUSIC IN THE LISTENING PLACE
AND, WITH THE SACRED NAME OF THE TRIUNE GOD,
HE BLESSED US AND OUR HOUSE,
OUR CATTLE AND OUR DEAR ONES.
Leader: As the lark says in her song:
Often, often, often, goes Christ in the stranger's guise.
A Sign of Welcome (in which we greet the people next to us)
Reading: From Anum Cara by John O'Donohue
The Celtic mind was neither discursive nor systematic. Yet in their lyrical speculation, the Celts brought the sublime unity of life and experience to expression. The Celtic mind was not burdened by dualism. It did not separate what belongs together. The Celtic imagination articulated the inner friendship which embraces nature, divinity, underworld and human world as one. The dualism which separates the visible from the invisible, time from eternity, the human from the divine, was totally alien to them. Their sense of ontological friendship yielded a world of experience imbued with a rich texture of otherness, ambivalence, symbolism and imagination. For our sore and tormented separation, the possibility of this imaginative and unifying friendship is the Celtic gift. (pp 15-16)
. THE SCRIBE'S TOOLS. (c.f. Edmund Rice's habit of bringing all his correspondence into the chapel.)
Remembering those who have gone before us.
Prayers for special needs.
Song: Dwelling Place.
Final Prayer: 'Come, Host of Heaven'
Come, Host of Heaven's high dwelling place,
Come, earth's disputed guest,
Find in this house a welcome home,
Stay here and take your rest.
Surround these walls with faith and love,
That through the nights and days,
When human tongues from speaking cease,
These stones may echo praise.
Bless and inspire those gathered here
with patience, hope and peace,
And all the joys that know the depth
In which all sorrows cease.
Here may the losers find their worth,
The strangers find a friend,
Here may the hopeless find their faith
And aimless find an end.
Build from the human fabric signs
of how your kingdom thrives;
Of how the Holy Spirit changes life
Through changing lives.
So to the Lord whose care enfolds
The world held in his hands
Be glory, honour, love and praise
For which this house now stands.
(With thanks to the Iona Community.)
Edmunds life calls many people
To the Gospel the story of love
Theyve taken, taken that story
In their hearts, in their minds, in their lives.
Good News to all races
Cross the oceans and borders of the world
Edmunds story, a story for the Earth
Message for the margins of the Earth.
Chorus The Gospel is the Jesus Story
The Gospel is the Story of Love for us
And Edmund he lived out that Story
Love and Justice to the Margins of the Earth
Love and Justice to the Margins, to the Poor
Love and Justice to the Margins of the World.
Sometimes were broken and falling
Make mistakes and need calling back
So Edmund can lead us to the Dream
Gods Dream for us and the Earth
Thank God our Mother and Father
Thank the Spirit for the Story of Love
Edmund Rice our inspiration
Walk with us in love and service.
© Kevin P Ryan
Edmunds Favourite Prayer
Remember, most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to your protection, implored your help or sought your intercession was left unaided. Inspired with this confidence, I fly to you, Virgin of Virgins, My Mother; to you I come, before you I stand, sinful and sorrowful. Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in you mercy hear and answer me. Amen
Prayer for a Favour Through the Intercession of Edmund Rice
Edmund's statue of Mother Mary and Child, Mt. Sion.
O God you inspired Edmund Rice to follow your Son in a life of consecrated service of the poor and of all in need of a truly Christian education. Grant through your intercession, I beseech you, the petition I now make
and so hasten the day when he will be publicly honoured among the saints of your Church. Amen.
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